The Minor in International Human Rights and Security provides students with both theoretical and practical knowledge in the human rights and security fields. Students will understand the history and current structure of institutions designed to protect basic human rights and human security, as well as the causes and consequences of human rights abuse. International and domestic policy interventions to improve human rights and security will be critically examined. The curriculum will highlight the role of data literacy, including both quantitative and qualitative approaches, in current human rights and security careers. Students with this minor will be prepared for work with non-governmental organizations, international institutions, security forces, and government agencies. Student understanding will be enhanced through a combination of theoretical and hands-on experiences.
The Minor in International Human Rights and Security will require a minimum of 15 credit hours. The minor will require a foundational course and a research methods course. In addition, a capstone course with original research or internship experience related to human rights will be required. Students will have the opportunity to take six hours of electives, with one elective course focusing on a specific region or population. To note, fulfilling the required courses for the minor will require a student to take INTL 3200 or INTL 3200E, Introduction to International Relations, or INTL 3300 or INTL 3300E, Introduction to Comparative Politics, as a prerequisite.